This initiative arose through the combination of support from many individuals and programs. The UCI Office of Inclusive Excellence awarded a seed grant to Dr. Ahn (and colleagues) of the Orange County Educational Advancement Network to create research and response projects to aid local communities impacted by COVID-19. Dr. Ahn and doctoral candidate Yenda Prado created a work group focused on helping families in need, searching for extra support for their child’s virtual learning. The goal of mitigating the extreme inequality that is arising from the pandemic and developments such as learning pods and hiring tutors, was a prime aim for this working group.

Dr. Doron Zinger, Director of UCI CalTeach, joined our work group to help organize connections to UCI Education students. The People’s Coalition, a social justice group led by students leaders at UCI, are also providing key guidance on connecting with and serving local communities. Our group is now expanding to invite local schools, community organizations and local non-profits who want to connect families to student tutors and facilitators. We will add more information as the workgroup membership grows.